CNCO Wants You to ‘Have a Heart for Dogs’

CNCO WANTS YOU TO 'HAVE A HEART FOR DOGS' Boy Band's New PETA Campaign Urges People to Adopt From Shelters, Not Buy From Breeders or Pet Stores

For Immediate Release:
March 21, 2019

Moira Colley 202-483-7382

Los Angeles – Posing alongside rescued dogs Atticus and Sage, the members of CNCO star in a new PETA campaign that proclaims, “Have a Heart for Dogs. Don’t Breed Your Dog, and Always Spay or Neuter.” The ad was shot by top celebrity photographer Robert Sebree.

The group—which has won many awards, including numerous Latin American Music Awards, since it was formed on the first season of Univision’s La Banda—also sat down with PETA for an exclusive interview about the band members’ love for animals. “[S]omething I really like about dogs … is the unconditional love that they have for others,” says Zabdiel de Jesús. “Adopt and don’t buy. I believe that’s very important. Give them affection. There are many animals who are hoping for a home and for someone to give them a lot of love.”

Every year, more than 6 million dogs and cats end up in U.S. animal shelters, and about half of them have to be euthanized because there aren’t enough good homes for them all. The solution is prevention through spaying and neutering. PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that breeding or buying dogs instead of adopting them is a form of speciesism, or discrimination against and exploitation of “others.”

The members of CNCO are part of a long list of celebrities—including Paulina Rubio, Jesse & Joy, Eva Mendes, George Lopez, Kate del Castillo, Edward James Olmos, and Joaquin Phoenix—who’ve teamed up with PETA or its affiliates to promote kindness to animals.

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